The price performance balancing point
We often talk about the "best deal" in reels and rods. I feel this is at the point where you get something worth keeping for many years, yet you don't need to mortgage the house to get it. For rods and reels, I feel this is at the $200-$300 range for each item on average. For instance, the Redington reels, Orvis Battenkill L/A, Teton, Lamson, Old Florida, etc. Rods: Sage DS2, the new Scott, St.Croix, Redington, Diamondback Backwater, Loomis GL3, etc.
This is a tough recommendation to make, although I always tend to make it to save people from buying 6 or more setups that are quickly obsoleted by the owner. I feel a wise investment level price is $400-600 dollars, where less will require upgrade and more is prestige.
Any opinions on my opinions?